Maranda Martin Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Paul Quandt Sr.
Published April 19th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - The family of a military veteran brutally beaten inside his own home over a year ago say they are now one step closer to finding closure following the sentencing of one of his killers.
In January of last year, Maranda Martin and her cousin were both arrested for breaking into the home of Paul Quandt Sr., 78. Investigators say the duo stole a safe from the home, but not before beating and torturing Quandt so severely that he later died from his injuries.
Martin was later convicted of first-degree murder for her role in the attack. On Thursday, she was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison, along with three more 30 year terms.
Quandt's grandchildren, Beth Quandt and Paul Quandt III, say it's hard to move on after losing a loved one in such a violent crime. But they say Thursday's sentencing helps bring them a little closer to finding closure.
The next person to stand trial in the death of Quandt Sr. is Martin's cousin and alleged accomplice in the crime, Austin Mark Jones. Both of Quandt's grandchildren say they will try to attend as much of his trial as they can.
According to the state attorney's office, a start date for Jones' trial has not yet been set.
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